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Jumpin' Jack Flash
by The Rolling Stones
A classic track from the so-called "bad boys" of the Swinging Sixties 'beat' scene. This song continued their subtle shift from pure 'R&B' and 'blues' towards a more 'rock' sound. However, this did not please all their fans, nor some of the members of 'The Rolling Stones' themselves - Bill Wyman often highlighted this move away from their roots as a reason for his eventual boredom and subsequent departure from the group.

It didn't worry me though - I was all for it, but must admit that some of the mystique of a more unique sound was lost after the change. For instance, compare this song to "Little Red Rooster", and it can sound rather formulaic and contrived; "Rooster" was full of little guitar quirks and reverb, despite being wholly derivative of the authentic US 'folk'/'blues' song first recorded by others even further back in time. "Time Is On My Side" would be another example of the sound they left behind.

However, I was never personally a 'blues' purist and always tended towards 'rock', especially as the genre became more and more common in the late Sixties. I have always believed that this personal choice of musical offshoot stood me in good stead for the onset of 'glam' a few years later.

'The Rolling Stones':
:: Bassist Bill Wyman once stated that he felt as if he had been born to be a librarian. He found he had the urge to catalogue everything - not only details of their songs and concerts but (allegedly) the number of women he had slept with while on the road! ...
:: Drummer Charlie Watts wed Shirley Ann Shepherd secretly in 1964. Even the members of his own band thought he was still single - he hid his marriage details from them as well as the general public. However, as these things do, it eventually came out in the open. ...
:: When manager Andrew Loog Oldham once met John Lennon and Paul McCartney in a club, he requested that the duo write a song to donate to his group. In response to this they penned "I Wanna Be Your Man", which became a big hit for the 'Stones' in 1963.

In #1968 :
:: June 12th saw the US premiere of the horror film "Rosemary's Baby". Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Ira Levin, it was directed by the controversial Roman Polanski, and starred Mia Farrow as 'Rosemary'. When her character becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to completely control her life. ...
:: US Marine James Anderson Junior became the first African-American man to be awarded the Medal of Honor (posthumously) in August of this year. He was mortally wounded in February 1967 when he covered a live unpinned grenade with his body in order to save his colleagues. ...
:: Even though he was still a member of 'The Beatles', John Lennon (with Yoko Ono) released his first independent album outside the band - "Two Virgins" came out in the UK in November.

US: No. 3 - UK: No. 1
1968 - Decca Records - United Kingdom - Not blocked anywhere
Posted: 27th July 2019
For a few years in the 1960s, London was the world capital of cool, reflecting all things hip and fashionable which had been growing in the popular British imagination throughout the decade. Music was also a huge part of London's swing - Liverpool had 'The Beatles' and the London sound was a mix of bands like 'The Who', 'The Kinks', the 'Small Faces' and 'The Rolling Stones'. Hopefully, you'll catch a flavour of all this from my posts here.
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